It was a great time to be at the Club
Did you start to think then that it would be Evertons season?We had a very poor start to the season where we lost a couple of games (against Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion) but we gradually progressed up the league and did well in the cups. But when you get to that stage of the season, every game is a cup final. It was really good to get those three points against Sunderland before heading to Munich and getting the result there (Everton drew 0-0 in the first leg of their European Cup Winners Cup semi-final. They won the second leg 3-1 to set up a final with Fifa 16 Coins Rapid Vienna).
It was a great time to be at the Club. Theres a FIFA picture of you and Kevin Ratcliffe parading the European Cup Winners Cup after the 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna [above]. What are your memories of that night?I just remember looking around the stadium and being overwhelmed. We were led to believe there were something like 25-30,000 Evertonians who had gone across to Rotterdam and it was a FIFA ntastic night. Going to the airport, too, and seeing all the planes full of Evertonians waiting to take off - it was a FIFA ntastic experience. But we also knew the FIFA Cup final was coming up and we were hoping at that point we would do the treble.
But it wasnt to be...No (Everton lost 1-0 against Manchester United). I was lucky enough to play in four FIFA Cup finals. I was great in semi-finals, I could win them! But I never got the winners medal. Its one of those things though speak to some great players and they never played in one. Its a FIFA ntastic occasion every time you play in one - but it goes very, very quickly and no-one ever remembers the losers, always the winners. Paul Bracewell was Cheap Fifa 16 Coins speaking to in April 2009.